The Jurassic World sequel was pretty much guaranteed as soon as the words "biggest opening weekend EVER" arranged themselves in that form, with the film grossing over $524 million it's first weekend alone.
Despite the mixed bag of reviews (praised for visuals/score but criticised for tone and writing) with numbers like that a sequel was pretty much guaranteed, and director Colin Trevorrow has dropped plenty of teasers for what we might see in happen in Jurassic World 2.
Don't these people ever learn their lesson?
Apparently not! Because, like Hollywood, if it makes money they'll continue to do it even if it is an unholy abomination. Despite the fact that Trevorrow has said that he doesn't plan to return to direct Jurassic Park 5 / Jurassic World 2, he certainly has a lot of ideas about the sequel and how it should play out, and he's co-writing the screenplay.
Following the Indomnius Rex and the rest running wild and pretty much levelling the Jurassic World theme park, it's a bit of a stretch to see how the company will justify carrying on their research from there, or indeed have the financial means to do so.
However! The film neatly sets itself up for a sequel, all thanks to this dude:
Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) hightailed it outta dodge once the dino shit started hitting the fan, helicoptering off into the sunset with case full of dinosaur embryos and the details of his research. This ties into a line that was reportedly cut from the film; during a conversation with theme park owner Simon Masrani (Irrfan Kahn) Wu says "How long do you think you can control it? We won’t always be the only ones who can make a dinosaur."
Ominous. Now that the theme park and it's dino inhabitants are probably going to be a write off, Trevorrow has hinted that the sequel will be more of an open world setting rather than being confined to one island (as has been the trend in Jurassic Park movies).
"[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast."
Rather he wants to apply the concept of open source to the production of dinosaurs, like Dr. Wu hinted at in the deleted scene. Open source means that any company can breed dinosaurs rather than just InGen (Masrani's bioengineering company in Jurassic World). This would allow competing companies to breed dinosaurs for non-entertainment purposes; agriculture, medicine, and war (listen to Chris Pratt guys, that's a no-no for raptors).
Trevorrow has also hinted that he'd like future films to explore the idea of dinosaurs and humans co-existing together without being bound by the theme park.
“When we look at various technologies, they go open source at some point, and they proliferate - and I think of a world… a Jurassic World. I changed the title for a reason. It’s not just the name of a theme park, where we coexist with these animals in the way that we do now with other animals in the planet. Don’t go into the jungle! There’s raptors in there! And so there are all kinds of interests who have the ability to make these animals for various needs and purposes. There is potential there."
Yeah... that sounds like a great idea that cannot possibly go wrong whatsoever.
Good news for Chris Pratt fans (and bad news for people who dislike it when good actors who are cast in sucky roles), he's returning for the sequel alongside Bryce Dallas Howard and TY Simpkins, and Steven Spielberg will be executive producing again alongside Trevorrow. The film is scheduled to be released June 22, 2018.